School: Jackson Liberty
Highlights: Russo, with his fourth-place finish in the state tournament, became Jackson Liberty’s highest state medal winner in the six years the school has had a program. He bettered Nick Zak’s sixth-place finish from a year ago. He advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament with two wins in which he did not allow a point before he was defeated by Bergen Catholic’s super freshman and eventual state champion Nick Suriano. He won his first region championship and became the school’s third region champion with a 1-0 win over Toms River South’s Owen McClave. He won his second straight District 21 title with a win by technical fall over Howell’s Jimmy Slendorn. He went 38-2 on the season and is 78-6 for his career.
School: Toms River South.
Highlights: Corrigan concluded a brilliant career by advancing to the state final, where he was defeated, 5-4, by Don Bosco Prep’s Luis Gonzalez. Corrigan advanced to the final by avenging his only loss before the state final with a dramatic 4-3 win over Jefferson’s Bryan Damon. He rode Damon out in the third overtime period to clinch the win. He had trailed 3-0 late in the second period of that bout. Corrigna concluded his career with two state medals. He was fifth at the same weight last year and advanced to the quarterfinals at 112 in 2011. He won his third consecutive Region VI championship with a pin of Neptune’s Nasiyr Brown, who eventually finished eighth in the state. He won his third straight District 24 title with a 10-4 win over Lacey’s Ben Mrozinski. He went 39-2 on the season and 138-10 for his career. His career win total is second on Toms River South’s all-time list behind teammate and two-time state champion B.J. Clagon, who has 155. He will wrestle at The College of New Jersey.
School: Brick Memorial.
Highlights: Ghione has appeared in the state tournament three consecutive years with sixth-place finishes at 103 in 2011 and 106 in 2012. He won his second consecutive Region VI championship by pinning Colts Neck’s Pete Ottaviano. He won his second straight District 23 championship with a 3-2 win over Point Boro’s Daniel Nobbs. He went 35-4 on the season and is 107-18 for his career.
School: Jackson Memorial
Highlights: Huxford, who did not wrestle scholastically from Jan. 5, 2012 to Jan. 16, 2013, finished eighth in the state. He went 4-3 in the state tournament with a win over Buena’s four-time region champion and past state third-place finisher Billy Ward to clinch his medal spot. He was the runner-up in the Region VI Tournament after a 5-3 overtime loss to Point Pleasant Boro’s Ryan Budzek. He won his second District 21 title with a 9-1 win over Matawan’s Khalil Haskins. He went 15-6 on the season and 53-20 for his career with two state tournament appearances and two region second-place finishes.
Hightlights: Hertling made it two consecutive top four finishes in the state tournament by finishing fourth. He was third at 120 last year. Hertling’s losses in the state tournament were to the runner-up Ronald Gentile of Paulsboro and third-place finisher Jason Estevez of Livingston. Hertling went 5-2 in the state tournament and won three wrestleback bouts to get to the third-place bout. He was second in both the Region VI Tournament, with a 3-2 loss to Howell’s Ben Esposito, and in the District 22 Tournament with a 5-1 loss to Raritan’s Jason Bohal. He went 32-5 on the season and is 69-7 for his career.
School: Toms River East
Highlights: Lewis did himself proud by wrestling brilliantly in the postseason. He finished third in the state after a 3-1 loss to South Plainfield’s four-time, 170-0 for his career state champion Anthony Ashnault in the semifinals. He bounced back from that loss with a 5-4 win over Jackson Memorial’s Brian Hamann, the state fifth-place finisher, in the wrestleback semifinals and then pinned Watchung Hills’ Matt Coppola in the third-place bout. He won his first two bouts in the state tournament by technical fall. He made it three straight Region VI championships with a 4-3 win over Hamann. He had a pin and a win by technical fall in his other two bouts in the tournament. Lewis won his second straight District 24 title with a 13-4 win over Southern’s Jake Camapana. He had a win by technical fall and pin in his other two bouts in the tournament. He went 35-1 on the season with most of his bouts in the regular season coming at either 145 or 152. Lewis was 120-25 for his career with a state seventh-place finish at 119 in 2011 and a state fifth-place finish at 132 in 2012, in addition to his third-place medal this year. He is second on Toms River East’s all-time career win list behind the 145 two-time state champion and four-time state top-three finisher Vinnie Dellefave had from 2006-2009. He is Toms River East’s third three-time state placewinner behind Dellefave and 2003 graduate and state champion Vinnie Salek.
School: Toms River South
Highlights: Clagon, the Asbury Park Press’ Wrestler of the Year for a second straight year, made it two straight state championships with a dramatic 2-1 win over South Plainfield’s three-time state runner-up Troy Heilmann on a reversal with 22 seconds left. He then fought off Heilmann’s attempted reversal on a cradle in the final seconds. Clagon, who was the 138-pound state champion last year, joined the immortal Jeffrey Parker as Toms River South’s only two-time state champions. He is Toms River South’s only four-time state placewinner and three-time state finalist. He was second at 130 in 2011 and seventh at 125 in 2010. He concluded his career with 85 straight wins, dating back to a loss to West Essex’s Anthony Perrotti in the 2011 130-pound state final. Clagon joined Parker and Corrigan as Toms River South’s only three-time region champions with a pin in 31 seconds of Jackson Memorial’s Spencer Young. He became Toms River South’s only four-time region champion with a 16-6 win over Southern’s Nick Racanelli. He went 44-0 on the season and 155-6 for his career. He was 121-1 over the last three seasons. His career win total is the most in school history and second most in Shore Conference history behind 2009 Raritan graduate’s Dan Seidenberg 158. He will wrestle at Rider University.
Highlights: Serpico became Southern’s first region champion since two-time state runner-up Kyle Casaletto in 2011 with a 3-2 win over Long Branch’s two-time state qualifier Jake George. Serpico came from the No. 6 seed to win the region title. He defeated No. 3 seed T.J. Liquori in the quarterfinals and No. 2 seed Cliff Ruggiero of Brick Memorial in the semifinals. Serpico won his first District 24 title with a 15-5 win over Toms River North’s Dylan DaSilva. Serpico went 29-7 on the season and 77-32 for his career. He was part of a team that won three straight NJSIAA South Group IV championships with an appearance in the Group IV state final this year.
Highlights: Wojtaszek finished sixth in the state after advancing to the semifinals. He recorded a 4-2 overtime win over Bergen Catholic’s Kevin Mulligan in the quarterfinals and recorded his 100th career win with a 12-3 win over Collingswood’s Mike Campbell in the prequarterfinals. Wojtaszek won his first region title with a 3-0 win over Howell’s Joey Schultz. He made it two straight District 23 titles with a pin of Brick Memorial’s Joe Beverly. Wojtaszek, who wrestled most of his bouts during the regular season at 170 or 182, went 34-6 on the season and 101-25 for his career. He defeated Neptune’s Dae’Sean Brown, the state fourth-place finisher at 170, during the regular season.
Highlights: Brown finished fourth in the state and became Neptune’s highest placewinner since Theopolis Stewart was fourth at heavyweight in 1984. Brown went 4-2 in the state tournament with his losses coming to champion Ethan Ramos of Hawthorne and third-place finisher Joey Balboni of Brearley. Brown beat Don Bosco Prep’s Luke Farinaro, the state fifth-place finisher, twice during the season, including the wrestleback semifinals. He defeated Brick Memorial’s Tyler Richardson, the state sixth-place finisher, in both the District 23 and Region VI finals. He was 4-0 against Richardson over the last two seasons. His win over Richardson in the region final was his 100th career win. Brown and teammate John Seidle (220) became Neptune’s first region champions since Ben Pierce won at heavyweight in 1995. Brown went 40-4 on the season and 104-17 for his career.
School: Brick Memorial
Highlights: Costa finished seventh in the state tournament with a 8-4 win over Holy Cross of Delran’s Matt Correnti. He had clinched a medal spot by avenging a loss to Jackson Liberty’s Nick Zak in the Region VI final with a 3-1 win. Costa went 5-2 in the state tournament. Costa, who missed the early part of the season with a knee injury suffered during football season, won his second straight District 23 championship with a pin of Wall’s Drew Donner. Costa was a district champion last year at 152 and is a three-time district finalist. Costa went 29-4 this season and wrestled many of his bouts during the regular season at 195. He is 72-27 for his career.
School: Brick Memorial
Highlights: Moore was one of six wrestlers who benefited from the rule the NJSIAA instituted this year that enabled wrestlers who lost in the preliminary round to wrestle back rather than be eliminated from the tournament. He wound up fourth in the state after he was pinned by St. Joseph of Montvale’s Dominic Carfagno in the preliminary round. Moore won five straight bouts to advance to the third-place bout. Included in that run was a 7-4 win over Christian Brothers Academy’s Mike Oxley, which avenged a dramatic loss in the last nine seconds to Oxley in the Region VI final, and a win over Jackson Memorial’s Ken Bradley. that clinched a medal spot. Moore, who was sidelined some of the early part of the season with a knee injury, won his second straight District 23 champion by pinning his three opponents in the tournament in a combined 54 seconds. He was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the District 23 Tournament. Moore, who wrestled many of his bouts during the regular season at 220, went 35-3 on the season and 99-25 for his career.
Highlights: Seidle had a magical run to win the Region VI title. He and teammate Dae’Sean Brown made it the first time since 1978 Neptune had multiple region champions. Neptune had three region champions in 1978 in Vic Keenan (101), the late Keith Alston, who would win a state championship the following year, and the late Scott “Bam Bam” Bigelow at heavyweight, who would finish third at heavyweight the following year. In the region final, Seidle defeated Brick Memorial’s Tyler Poling, 8-6, to avenge a 9-2 loss to Poling in the District 23 final. In the semifinals, Seidle pinned No. 2 seed Pat Schinder of Lacey in the first period. Seidle, who was 10-6 at one point in the season, won 20 of 21 bouts from Jan. 15 through the Region VI final. He went 30-9 on the season and 79-26 for his career.
Highlights: Appice finished third in the state and became Manalapan’s highest placewinner since Nick Manochio finished second at 112 in 2004. Appice also became Manalapan’s first two-time state placewinner since Manochio was a three-time state placewinner from 2002-2004. Appice, who last year when he finished seventh became Manalapan’s first state placewinner since Manochio, advanced to the state semifinals with two one-point wins before he was defeated by eventual state champion Alex Thompson of Haddon Heights 3-2 in the semifinals. Appice’s only two losses of the season were to Thompson. Appice then defeated Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s Anthony Tufaro, 1-0, in the wrestleback semifinals and pinned St. Joseph of Montvale’s Kevin Wilkins in the third-place bout. Appice became Manalapan’s first two-time region champion since Manochio in 2002-03 with a 7-1 win over Middletown South’s Trevor Finn. He became Manalapan’s first two-time district champion since Manochio from 2002-2004 with a pin over Holmdel’s Anthony Fernicola. Appice went 39-2 on the season and 120-19 for his career. He is Manalapan’s all-time winningest wrestler.